Ocoee Bluegrass Jam

Last week, I read a great story in Orlando Weekly about a group of bluegrass musicians that get together to jam every Friday night in an Ocoee parking lot near the southeast corner of Route 50 and Maguire Road. Read the full story by Ashley Belanger. With bands like Mumford & Sons bringing bluegrass into the mainstream, a new generation of ... Read More »

Pecha Kucha Orlando

PechaKucha Nights are informal gatherings where creative people get together to share ideas using just 20 slides and 20 seconds each (six minutes and 40 seconds in total). Think of it like a TED Talk on speed. Hundreds of people gather to hear presenters from all walks of life talk about whatever lights them up. Originating in Tokyo, Pecha Kucha ... Read More »

3 romantic Orlando picnic spots

The weather is fine and the city’s green spaces are exploding with color. Now is the perfect time to plan a romantic picnic. Here are three of my favorite spots: LAKE EOLA PARK: this urban oasis in the heart of downtown features a mile-long path around the “lake.” You’ll find lots of little spots to snuggle up and there is ... Read More »

Tapas Tuesday at Ceviche

I love Ceviche any day of the week, but Tapas Tuesdays are pretty hard to resist! Head to downtown’s Orlando's Church Street tonight for Ceviche’s Tapas Tuesday when Sangria and 30+ tapas are just $4 each and Mount Gay Rum Mojitos are only $6! Check out the Tapas Tuesday Menu.   By the way, you should follow GDO on ODNG.     Read More »

Friday Nights at Cranes Roost, Uptown Altamonte

Last week we had one of those ‘pleasantly surprised’ sort of date nights when we headed to Cranes Roost in Uptown Altamonte for dinner. I’ve walked by Café Murano, the area’s only “lake” view eatery, at least 50 times since it opened a few years ago. But sadly for me, we’ve never taken the plunge and given it a test ... Read More »

Recession Proof Orlando Date Night Idea

Dinner and a movie for less than $50?! Believe it! Thanks to the Meal and Movie Deal at Universal CityWalk, Date Night in Orlando just got a little easier. Priced at just $21.95, this package includes dinner plus one admission to the AMC theatre featuring great digital sound and stadium-style seating. With twenty screens showing all the newest releases, you’re certain to find ... Read More »

The Coolest Farmer’s Market in Orlando

Have you been to the Downtown Orlando farmer’s market lately? The DOFM is the perfect Orlando Date Night activity where you can … 1. grab a beverage at the beer and wine garden, also serving Bloody Mary’s 2. listen to the band playing fabulous live music 3. check out more than thirty food and artisan vendors 4. eat everything from funnel cakes to gelato ... Read More »

Tea for Two

Set aside less than $10 and lots of time for great conversation when you head out to one of many great little tea and coffee cafés throughout Orlando. Below are a few of my faves: Dandelion Communitea Caféwww.dandelioncommunitea.com618 N Thornton AveOrlando, FL 32803 Aroma Coffee and Wine Bar712 East Washington Street Orlando, FL 32801 Infusion Tea College Parkwww.infusiontea.us1600 Edgewater DrOrlando, ... Read More »

Free Movies in the Park

Once or twice a month, Orlando’s only funky movie theater (a.k.a The Enzian) heads outdoors with its cinematic delights. Popcorn Flicks is a free screening of fun films shown in one of Winter Park’s pretty outdoor spaces such as Central Park (located on Park Avenue) and Shady Park (on New England Avenue). The Enzian often selects films that are relevant ... Read More »